Yamaguchi Prefecture Governor Idles Plan to Build Nuclear Plant in Japan image

Shigetaro Yamamoto, the new governor of Japan’s Yamaguchi Prefecture, announced Wednesday, August 22nd, he will give up the plan to build a nuclear power plant in the country.

After assuming his post today, Shigetaro Yamamoto, declared that he will freeze the plan to build the Kaminoseki nuclear power plant by Chugoku Electric Power Co, until Japan’s government will find a new energy policy.

Japan had to find a new energy policy and to take into consideration the country’s reliance on nuclear power, after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster caused by last year’s earthquake and tsunami in March. Immediately after the disaster, Chugoku Electric Power Co stopped the landfill construction work at Kaminoseki.

National policy minister Motohisa Furukawa said that Japan should become totally nuclear-free and announced that on Wednesday experts will hold a meeting to analyze public opinions regarding the use of atomic power in the future. Environment Minister Goshi Hosono said that if Japan ends its reliance on atomic power the number of nuclear experts will decrease, and they are vital in getting rid of the useless reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

“Unless we have the knowledge of how to maintain such technology (for decommissioning), we can’t simply say that we will be able to abandon nuclear power generation,” said Hosono, who is also nuclear disaster minister.